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FEMA to Require Climate Change Plans From States Seeking Disaster Relief

A new policy from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which takes effect March 6, 2016, will require states to address climate change before being eligible for grant funding...
May 14, 2015

A new policy from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which takes effect March 6, 2016, will require states to address climate change before being eligible for grant funding.

However, several Republican senators have sent a letter to FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate expressing concerns that the new policy will add unnecessary red tape to the disaster preparedness process. The letter points out that climate change is still being debated and asks FEMA, among other things, to explain the statutory authority it relied on to consider climate change and how much it will cost states to comply with the new requirement. The letter was signed by Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), David Vitter (R-La.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.).

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